Apple has removed a controversial 'gay conversion' app from their App Store after thousands of people signed a petition calling for its removal. The app, which was available to download for free, claimed to be able to "cure" homosexuality.
The app was developed and named by Exodus International, a religious organisation based in Florida, which teaches homosexuality can be reversed through "prayer and practicing conversion therapy."
Apple, which supposedly vets all the apps available to download to its devices, only blocked the app after 150,000 people signed a petition at Change.org.
The app has been available to download since 15 February 2011.
The founders of Exodus are previously gay men who claim they have been converted back to heterosexuality by the group's practices.
However, a co-founder of the group, Michael Bussee, recently disassociated himself from the organisation and admitted he had never seen any evidence that Exodus members had become permanently heterosexual.
Apple removed the app for being offensive to a large group of people and for violating their developer guidelines.
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